Centuries ago, darkness was convinced it had the world in its grip and victory in the bag, but then again it didn’t really know its foe. That day was a dark one, the friends and family of Jesus had just witnessed him mercilessly beaten and crucified on a cross. Grief stricken and confused by the course of events, it must have seemed like darkness had overtaken them, after all the Messiah, the one they had been waiting for, had just been put to death. Yet, at that moment so much more was happening…light itself was breaking into the darkness.
The Passion of Christ is a powerful moment in history. It speaks of an unconditional love we cannot fully comprehend. A light so powerful that darkness cannot stand it. Jesus, love and light, made the ultimate sacrifice to bring freedom and restoration.
Imagine what could be accomplished if we received God’s unconditional love more freely and in turn loved more unconditionally. Imagine if we let that light shine within us…oh how it would break into the darkness and the darkness would flee.
#easter #goodfriday #LoveofGod #lovewins #light
Characteristics of Love Series
There have been times in my field of work, better yet field of ministry, when I have been overwhelmed with the heartache and tragedy that people have gone through. Times when I have just wanted to cry at what I was hearing, tragedy beyond our imaginations. Yet, due to the goodness of God, there have been more times when I have cried at the power of His love at work in the lives of people (and even my own).
Psalm 23:6 says, “Surely your goodness and love will follow me ALL the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (emphasis my own)
So as much as evil seems to follow people around sometimes, the love of Christ follows harder and relentlessly. According to Psalms 23:6 we are never left without His love…never alone. Even Romans 8:38-39 proves that the love of God never leaves us. It is the love of God that sets people free from all sorts of bondage, whether physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. It is the love of God that never leaves us in our dark times, pain or brokenness. It never leaves us when others do. His love makes the ultimate commitment and that fact overwhelms my human heart.
Has there ever been a time in your life when instead of feeling that you are never alone, you feel quite the opposite…forever alone? Remember that the bible is a character reference for God…it describes who He is. If God promises that He will never leave you, then you are never alone. Characteristic of love #1 : it never leaves us alone.